District calendar adjustment
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I would like to extend a most sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you for partnering with the school staff by bringing your children to school
ready to learn while following the health protocols. Last year we were one of the few districts that had an elementary school open its doors on the first day of school, and stay open throughout the year. Our middle school was also one of a very few schools to welcome students back for full in-person days. Our high school, as well, had opened its doors to part time days for all students. During this time we didn’t have a single outbreak. All of us made major sacrifices and pivots to make sure that our students were safe and getting the best education available to them. We all worked extremely hard.
This year, however, has been different. At the beginning of August we were forced to adapt to new mask mandates which created much controversy in our community. As cases began to rise we had many students who were forced to quarantine and every staff member stepped up and made sure that our quarantined students still had access to their education through online learning and packets being sent home. We are now beginning to see students experiencing learning loss and struggles behaving in the classroom. Many of our staff are working much harder and longer to compensate for the loss of learning by meeting with students virtually and creating packets. Staff shortages are creating a hardship on teachers and principals as they cover classes. In many ways our staff is working longer and harder and this year is proving to be much more difficult than last year.
The school board voted last night to give staff a much needed work day and an extra day off during Thanksgiving week. Many districts in our region, and across the state, are providing staff with a much needed break. At the school board meeting on November 8th, I recommended to the school board that Monday, November 22nd be a non-student contact work day and that November 23rd be a paid day off for all staff. The school board voted unanimously in favor of this recommendation. Please note your children do not come to school the week of November 22nd so your families may enjoy time with family and friends during Thanksgiving. The board and district administrators want to recognize the great work all of our staff are doing and have done the past three months.
Hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and celebrate all we have to be thankful for in this school district and community.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I want to thank all of you for your patience in dropping off your children and picking them up at the end of the day. It is wonderful having every student in person all day long with our teachers. In order to continue with in person learning we must follow the mask mandate. Recently some questions have come up concerning proper face coverings. Face Coverings as defined by OSHA and ODE means a cloth, polypropylene, paper or other face covering that covers the nose and the mouth and that rests snugly above the nose, below the mouth, and on the sides of the face. The following are not face coverings because they allow droplets to be released: a covering that incorporates a valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhalation, mesh masks, lace masks or other coverings with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material or vents. Students will be respectfully reminded to wear their mask properly or if they come with an improper face covering, they will be given a school mask for the day by school staff. If you have questions give your building principal or district office a call.
¡Hola familias del distrito de Harrisburg!
Nomas quería presentar me para que sepan donde me pueden encontrar. Soy Amanda, y soy la coordinadora familiar del distrito. Si me necesitan para algo, me pueden llamar a la secundaria. El número de teléfono es 541-995-6551 y mi extensión por el momento es 222. Les actualizo cuando tenga mi extension permanente. El año pasado era la secretaria de la secundaria, con emoción y lista para 2021/2022, me presento en una posición en poder ayudarles más. Yo se que estaba más difícil en navegar como iba pensar el año escolar el último año, pero ahora estoy aquí para ayudarle con lo necesario y con preguntas o preocupaciones. Muchas gracias a todos por su paciencia y espero conocerlos más y que cuentan en mi para ayudarles a triunfar en donde están sus niños...la primaria, secundaria, y la prepa. Bienvenidos a otro año escolar.
Harrisburg Middle School
541-995-6551 Ext 263
The Southern Linn Youth Services Team thanks the Siletz
Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund for their donation of $3106 for the 20-21 school year. It was their generosity that allowed the team to provide financial assistance to students and families in the Southern Linn region. Without the financial support of the STCCF our team could not have helped these families during this difficult school year.
Dear Harrisburg Community,
Last week we received new information relating to students wearing masks while at school, school athletic events, and extracurricular activities. It is important to know that these new guidelines are optional and do not have to be implemented by school districts. Harrisburg School District leadership has met and decided to adopt the following change to students wearing masks:
Harrisburg School District staff, at their discretion, will allow students to remove their masks during supervised outdoor activities such as outdoor PE and recess.
Students will still be required to wear masks while on campus and in classrooms and will still be required to maintain social distancing at all times. Thank you for partnering with us as we complete a very challenging school year. We are in the final few weeks of school and will finish EAGLE strong.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Yesterday, Governor Brown issued a video statement on how the new CDC guidance will be implemented in Oregon. In her statement she shared, "Nothing is changing for schools this school year, and I expect education staff and students to continue to wear masks and physically distance, as outlined in our Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance." This also applies to all other individuals on school campus, including but not limited to: family members, volunteers, visitors, SROs, and other partners.
I hope you understand we must follow the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance as established by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority, OHA. ODE is currently working with OHA on guidance for next school year. Thank you for partnering with the school staff creating a safe and secure place for our children to learn and grow.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please take the time to participate in the latest thought exchange. Also rate other peoples thoughts after submitting your own thoughts. The main question is, " As we move away from the restrictions created by the pandemic, what can the school district do to best support students? Thank you ahead of time for participating.
Here is the link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/633204942
Please register your 21-22 kindergarten student now. We will be sending registered kinder parents information about our special drive through round up coming soon!!! https://harrisburg.registar.lblesd.k12.or.us/
Dear Parents and Community,
This has been a challenging year for all of us and I want to thank you for your support as we provided the best education possible during these times. We are nearing the end of the school year and must remain vigilant in doing our part to keep everyone safe. Please remember we have specific mandates such as wearing masks and social distancing that must be followed. We are working hard following the guidance we receive from Oregon Department of Education, ODE and Oregon Health Authority, OHA. With only 8 weeks of school left, it is critical we are diligent in following the mandates, especially as the county metrics have climbed again.
Masks must be worn at all times with the exception of eating and drinking. Masks must cover the mouth and nose. Please continue reminding your children to keep their masks on while on school property. Our elementary school has received some OSHA complaints placing a focus on our school and the potential of fines or closure. We have worked so hard to remain in compliance, so please remember to follow these guidelines and help each other by responding to reminders from staff or other individuals.
I know that some of you have your vaccination and feel safe in public. Being vaccinated or not does not change the mandates that are required for schools. Whether we agree, disagree, or are just plain tired of COVID, we must follow the guidance to help our district from potential fines, potentially being closed early for the year or other more rigid mandates that could impact cohort size and schedules. I am so proud of our school staff and students who have endured a very tough school year. Thank you for understanding and assisting our staff with compliance.
Tonight we will have the three elementary school principal finalists on campus for a second round of interviews. One portion of the evening they will speak to parents and staff with Q & A time. Each finalist will rotate through a tour of the campus, speaking with the parents and staff and a second interview with the district leaders. You are invited to participate in the parent event that will be held in the middle school gym beginning at 4:30 p.m. We will have chairs 6 feet apart and masks must be worn. We will have to limit the capacity following the ODE guidelines. Hope to see you there.
Dear Parents and community,
We are planning to bring our kindergarten and middle school students back all day for in-person learning. Due to the recent changes in the “Ready Schools, Safe Learners” (RSSL) guidelines, a 90 plus page document published by the Oregon Department of Education, of 6 feet between students to three feet and removing the 35 square foot per student in classrooms. Students must stay 6 feet apart while eating or drinking when they remove their mask. Our building principals will communicate the details of the change. The plan is to begin on Monday, April 19 giving time for our staff to make the necessary adjustments to schedules and classrooms.
Remember, our schools are an ecosystem consisting of a wide range of people from our community. Although the current case counts allow us more access, this is a time to remain vigilant around COVID protocol. This vigilance is why we have had success in reopening our schools, to move forward with athletics and activities, and to now get more in-person instruction for our students.
Elementary Parents and community,
We have completed the first round of interviews and have three finalists for Harrisburg Elementary Principal. On Tuesday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m., we will have the three finalists on campus for a second round. One portion of the evening they will speak to parents and staff with Q & A time. Each finalist will rotate through a tour of the campus, speaking with the parents and staff and a second interview with the district leaders. You are invited to participate in the parent event that will be held in the middle school gym beginning at 4:30 p.m. We will have chairs 6 feet apart and masks must be worn. We will have to limit the capacity following the ODE guidelines. Hope to see you there
21-22 Kindergarten Parents,
Our ESD is currently working on our registration program and is not available. I will send out updates when it is ready. Thank you for your patience.
If your kindergarten student has already ridden the bus home mid-day they will automatically be placed on the afternoon routes UNLESS you call the elementary school office at 541-995-6544. We do not need new paperwork.
IF students are going to start riding the bus home, PLEASE fill out a bus request. WE can send paperwork home with your student. Thank you!
Attention parents please read the following letter with the exciting news regarding full day kindergarten starting Monday, April 19th.